Take a Look at This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Celebrate in Jersey City this weekend with Filipino delicacies.

Traffic. Crowded beaches. Blackened hot dogs. If your Memorial Day traditions consist of any of these, perhaps it's time to give this one a rest. Here are this weekend's five best excuses to stick around town.

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Dinner Inspired by Weird Al Yankovic's Cult Film 'UHF' at Brooklyn's Film Feast

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Behold, the Big Edna burger & Twinkie Wiener sandwich with "just about done" fries

Kurt Applegate, executive chef at Nitehawk Cinema, has over seventeen years of restaurant experience, but putting together his first Film Feast called on both culinary acumen and cinema prowess in equal measure. "This is a different thing because you're relying on parts of the movie for inspiration for what you're putting on the plate. It's actually fun," explained Applegate. Although it could be a welcome change of pace in a chef's daily routine to conjure a menu based on a movie, it's also extremely challenging. The food must be authentic, especially when you're dealing with a parody artist like "Weird Al" Yankovic.


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What Do Women Want? Conversations From the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Conference

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Chef Elizabeth Falkner

First, it was an article in the New York Times.

Chef Dan Barber had held an event where "luminaries in the food world gathered in Westchester to discuss using seeds to explore a new frontier of flavor." When only one of 24 chefs quoted was a woman, chefs, writers, and editors took to Twitter, challenging the absence of women in pivotal media pieces. A few months later, Time magazine came out with the "Gods of Food" issue, which rocked the boat when not one female chef was listed as a "god" — readers and eaters took note. When the editor of the piece concluded in an interview on Eater that the kitchen is a "boys club" and that the magazine had gone with "name recognition" above all else, that boat capsized.


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Here's How the Inaugural Harlem EatUp! Food Festival Nailed It

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Clockwise from top left: Harlem Tavern's ceviche, Harlem Shake's jerk chicken sliders, Sylvia's chicken and waffles, the Minton's sherry she-crab soup
"I have watched Harlem go through many changes," began former president Bill Clinton as he welcomed revelers to the Harlem EatUp! Festival's grand tasting this past weekend. "I'm really grateful that somehow you guys got all of these world-famous chefs from all over America to come here and cook. I think you did it so you'd have bragging rights — that the locals are better."

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Take a Peek at This Week's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Like brioche sandwiches for a late-night snack? Check out Umi Bushwick this Friday.

Need a little mystery in your life? Here are this week's five most intriguing food and drink events.

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Check Out This Weekend's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Donburi with poached egg and house-cured bacon

Barbecues, ball games, and boat rides may be on the agenda for Memorial Day Weekend, but what are you gonna do until then? Here are five events you need to get in on this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Sample Kielbasa, Pierogies, and Beer at St. George Ukrainian Festival

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The 39th Annual St. George Ukrainian Festival starts today, May 15, on 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues. The festival, which runs through Sunday, raises money for St. George Ukrainian Church and celebrates the traditions of a culture that was once the largest demographic in the East Village.


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Wake N' Bacon this Weekend with The Great Big Bacon Picnic

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A bouquet of bacon

Unlimited craft beer and bacon. Have I got your attention? That's what you're promised at the Great Big Bacon Picnic, oinking its way to the Old Pfizer Factory (630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn) in Williamsburg this weekend.


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What to Get Excited About for the First Harlem EatUp! Food Festival

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Sixty-two participating Harlem EatUp! chefs and restaurateurs
Later this week, from May 14 through 17, Harlem will be all decked out to welcome chefs from around the country for the first Harlem EatUp! festival. "I love Harlem," says founder Herb Karlitz. "Every week there's another restaurant opening. There's great music, great bakeries, and people have smiles on. It's Harlem's time to shine." And shine, he promises, it will.

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This Week's Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC

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Craving Ukrainian food? Head out to the St. George Festival this Friday.

Summery weather makes us want to get out of the house. You too? Here are five ways to relax with food and drink this week.

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